Sage, a provider of accounting, financial, HR, and payroll technology, has expanded its partnership with Microsoft with an objective to simplify workflows for small and medium businesses (SMBs).

The enterprise software company said that it plans to integrate Microsoft Business Products such as Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams as embedded services in its products and digital network. 

Sage CEO Steve Hare said: “Increasingly, SMBs are digital businesses – but connecting the tools they use can be a barrier to their success.

“Microsoft products have long been the tool of choice for collaboration, with Sage powering the back office. Through our expanded partnership, we will simplify life for millions of SMBs, removing friction and helping them to achieve real productivity gains.”

Sage said that the partnership with Microsoft supports the company in providing a choice of cloud platform for customers. Besides, it gives the ability to customers to collaborate and communicate where work takes place, which will help business to flow while making it easier for them to carry out business.

According to Sage, linking the tools available in Microsoft 365 for communication and collaboration to back-office functions like accounting will streamline workflows and cut down manual processes, thereby saving businesses time. 

With Sage products on Azure, the partnership is expected to give enhanced reliability, performance, security, and scalability to customers. This will allow end-users in accessing virtual apps and desktops, SaaS apps, and Microsoft OneDrive on their devices with a single sign-on (SSO), said Sage.

LBMC Technology Solutions president Stacy Schuettler said: “The need for more business flexibility and resilience has never been greater. Together, Sage and its partners are helping to accelerate the transformation of customers’ businesses into intelligent and frictionless organizations that run with confidence in the cloud.”